Resort Dining and Drinking
There is a main restaurant that is open for two and a half hours for breakfast, two hours for lunch, and two and a half hours for dinner.
In case you get cravings outside those hours there is the snack bar restaurant. It opens earlier for lunch and stays open until 6 PM. The fare is a limited salad bar plus several entrées and several sides. There are five pizza options, and of course, a full service bar. The salad bar comes equipped with netting to keep out the Sparrows.
And there is the upstairs bar with live music most evenings (see the entry on “Musician”). The upstairs bar is open air but shady. I am writing from there because the snack bar restaurant is too sunny to see the computer screen.
And there is a late night disco but they make you buy the drinks there. Regardless, as they said the football movie with Keanu Reeves and Gene Hackman, “The Replacements”, “death to disco”.
Back to the main restaurant, which seats hundreds. I asked at the front desk how many seats there were in the restaurant and was handed a map of restaurants in the city of Santa Maria.
I did quick count during one meal. There were two stations for fabulous coffees, plus soft drinks, and local beer; one long table with fruit including some succulent honeydew melon, two long bread tables, 18 main dish and side-bar options, ten salad bar items, and about 18 pastries. This overlooks a few things like cereal and yoghurt, but it gives you an idea. Oh, there is also a barrel of red wine in the dining room. If the sign is to be believed it is there for breakfast as well as lunch and dinner, but I’ve been sticking to cappuccino for breakfast.
One important rule is don’t drink the water! All the water served is bottled. This may be a legacy of the extensive salt mining history on this island.